The new Munaf Patel?

Another good shot of a young Indian wannabe

I still haven’t discovered what it is that appeals to me about cricket photos from the subcontinent. I love all cricket photography, partly because I’m an amateur snapper myself but mainly because there’s something mystical about “freezing” action into one moment. Perhaps it’s that cricket is to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh what football is to Britain. But moreover cricket on the subcontinent appears born from the dust and soil. With the exception of the privileged, children aren’t given shiny white pads and a slazenger bat for their 7th birthday; they play with sticks, on dusty tracks, on railways, platforms, mountains and wherever they choose. It’s much more a way of living, of passing time, than it is of playing the game.

That’s my blinkered view of it anyway. I’m hopefully going to India in November briefly, so perhaps I’ll bring back some shots of my own (and some reasoning/words to go with them).

England v President’s Board XI

England have had a mixed start to their tour of India. Their first warm-up resulted in a slightly hollow win. Their latest practice game, however, is nothing short of a disaster and will shortly be all over. Bowled out for 238 in their first innings, they outdid themselves in their second innings to crumble to just 158.

This isn’t to discredit the performance of the Board XI, of course. They’re a very good side – Munaf Patel took five and by all accounts is a fine prospect – but they shouldn’t be beating an international team with such ease. Problems exist, therefore, and it’s quite a concern (if you support England). The batting, so far, looks weak and vulnerable; if they are to amend their pre-Christmas wobble in Pakistan, someone has to start scoring big double centuries this time next week.